New this week: Morrissey, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Sia, and more

Wendy Geller
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest and buzzing releases, from artists including Morrissey, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Sia, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums to help fuel your weekend playlists.

Morrissey: Low in High School (Étienne/BMG Rights Management). The latest from the uncontested king of the disaffected was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios in Rome. The Moz has a history of uneven solo work, with some albums brilliant and others less so; this one leans toward his good side with a variety of immediate, topically rich compositions.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: The Rest of Our Life (Sony Music Nashville). The beloved country power couple finally team up for the duets album that fans have been waiting for, literally, for decades. Ed Sheeran penned a song on the set.

Sia: Everyday Is Christmas (Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic). The pop vocalist adds a collection of 10 original holiday tunes to the ever-growing pile of Christmas albums this season. For those looking for classics, this is not the way to go, but if in need of something different, this is a good route.

Bob Seger: I Knew You When (Capitol). The iconic Detroit rocker takes a nostalgic look at his long history with old-time rock ’n’ roll on this latest release. He self-produced the set, which was recorded in Nashville and Detroit, and it could possibly be the final album for the 72-year-old musician.

Iron Maiden: The Book of Souls: Live Chapter (Sanctuary/BMG). The legendary band’s latest is a live album documenting their 2016-2017 Book of Souls world tour. It contains 15 live recordings, including six from their last studio album (also titled Book of Souls).

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Soul of a Woman (Daptone). Fans of Jones will find this to be the perfect Christmas present, as it marks her final studio album, completed before her death in November 2016; it is lush and orchestral and serves well to mark an extraordinary musical career.

Talib Kweli: Radio Silence (Javotti Media/3D). The latest from Kweli is anything but silent, with guest appearances from Anderson .Paak, Jay Electronica, Waka Flocka, BJ The Chicago Kid, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Yummy Bingham, and Rick Ross.

Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black (Anti-/Epitaph). This is Staples’s third collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, who wrote and produced the album. The set explores themes of social, political, and racial issues over a warm blend of funk, soul, pop, and gospel tones.

Tove Lo: Blue Lips [Lady Wood Phase II] (Universal). The Swedish singer’s third album is meant to be a companion piece to last year’s Lady Wood. Conceptually, it’s split into two chapters and details the various phases of a relationship from inception to demise. Sonically, it’s filled with her signature, dark-flavored pop.

Chase Rice: Lambs & Lions (Broken Bow). Survivor alumnus Rice — who’s also famous for penning Florida Georgia Line’s huge smash “Cruise” — hasn’t put out an album in three years, but his latest offers up personal, thoughtful country that doesn’t quite fit into the country box.

Barenaked Ladies: Fake Nudes (Raisin’/Vanguard). The band is nearly three decades into its career and sounding peppy as ever, with 14 new songs helmed by acclaimed producer Gavin Brown.

Paloma Faith: The Architect (RCA). The latest from Faith is packed with a formidable guest list of talent, including John Legend, Owen Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Baby N’Sola, Naomi Miller, and Janelle Martin.

Katharine McPhee: I Fall in Love Too Easily (BMG Rights Management). The American Idol alum tackles covers of romantic standards on her latest set, with producer Don Was at the helm.

Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest (Because Music/Atlantic). The French singer’s first album in seven years includes contributions from Paul McCartney, Owen Pallett, and Connan Mockasin. Additionally, the first single was co-produced by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.

Virgil & Steve Howe: Nexus (InsideOutMusic). This father-son album was completed shortly before Virgil’s untimely  death on Sept. 11 at the age of 41, and serves as a fine legacy for a life cut too short.

Tom Chaplin: Twelve Tales of Christmas (Interscope). The Keane frontman has decided to add his holiday spirit to the massive load of Christmas albums available this season. As with the Sia album, this isn’t the best choice for purists, as nearly all the songs are originals. However, it gives a unique perspective on the various emotions (not all cheery) that bubble up during the holidays.

Mike Love: Unleash the Love (BMG Rights Management). Love’s latest project is a two-CD set split between original songs and rearranged/rerecorded Beach Boys classics. Guests include John Stamos, Mark McGrath, Dave Koz, daughter Ambha Love, and John Cowsill.

Micky Dolenz: Out of Nowhere (7A). The Monkee offers covers of Monkees songs, which were recorded at Western Oregon University with the 30-piece American Metropole Orchestra.

Jools Holland and José Feliciano with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra: As You See Me Now (U.K.-East West). Feliciano has magical vocal skills, and Holland has stellar keyboard talents. Add these together, put some classic songs into the mix, and the result is a delightful collection.

Philthy Rich: Sem God (SCMMLLC/EMPIRE). The Oakland, Calif., rapper represents the West Coast well on his latest release, employing guests Gucci Mane, Young Dolph, Money Man, Marko Penn, Bankroll Fresh, and Payroll Giovanni.

Galactic Cowboys: Long Way Back to the Moon (Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group). This is the ’90s-era band’s first album in 17 years, and the re-formed lineup includes all of the original members. The new set has a fresh feel to it, harking back to their debut.